Walbridge 100th
Walbridge 100th

Walbridge 100th

A centennial celebration

It was March 11, 1916 when George Walbridge and Albert Aldinger shook hands, signed papers and created Walbridge Aldinger Company in Detroit, Michigan.

A century later, the foundation built by these two men continues to be exemplified in four core values that drive business decisions and encourage best practices.


Based on those values, the company stands as one of the largest, privately-held construction firms in America.

“These men established a culture of skill, responsibility and integrity,” said John Rakolta Jr., Walbridge Chairman and CEO. “That’s our legacy. That’s why we honor them and maintain values they believed in.”

From construction of Olympia Stadium and the United Artists Theater Building in Detroit in the 1920s, building two key ammunition plants during WWII, and dealing with economic highs and lows, Walbridge and its employees have built great structures and lasting relationships during the last 100 years.

While 2016 marks a celebration of a company’s centennial, it’s reminds employees to maintain these commitments:

  • To always think, demand and deliver safety in every facet of business.
  • To serve our customers and produce added value.
  • To be forward-thinking and always innovating.
  • To build trust and loyalty through uncompromising honesty and integrity.